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The Hacklab Foundation is an international nonprofit organization.
The Hacklab Foundation is an international nonprofit organization headquartered in Ghana with a focus on preparing the youth for future digital jobs through technology education and skills development. We achieve this through boot camps, hackathons, mentorship and coaching, internships, digital skills training, and job placement.
Since its inception, Hacklab has partnered and worked closely with global firms like Twitter, IBM, Vodafone, Standard Bank, University of Johannesburg, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, etc. to host the largest annual Hackathon Africa which convenes over 1000 tech professionals annually. Hacklab has also designed and implemented hackathons across 11 countries (Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia, South Africa, Cameroon, Madagascar, Uganda, Kenya, Mali, Malawi, and Ethiopia). The Foundation has directly impacted over 12,700 people, 20+ hackathons, supported 1000+ women in tech, and 1,300+ youth were placed in jobs.
In 2018, we implemented the National Sanitation Hackathon on behalf of the Ministry of Sanitation & Water Resources and the World Bank to develop a framework to crowdsource technology-enabled solutions from the youth through an open innovation challenge. Over 300 project submissions were made and 30 were shortlisted to participate in the 3-day Sanitation Hackathon. Each team constituted 5 members, hence participation from 150 participants. The top 3 teams were awarded cash prizes totalling $10,000. Three (3) projects have further received a grant of $20,000 each to pilot and scale their projects.
In 2020, through a partnership with the GIZ FAIR Forward team, we launched the GIZ-Hacklab AI Ghana Hackathon which featured 100+ teams developing AI solutions to address local problems. Out of this hackathon, 10 teams were shortlisted to participate in an AI accelerator where they will be graduating with their own AI-focused tech startups, commercializing their solutions on a national scale.
We believe that creating an equal platform for everyone, irrespective of race, gender, social class, and physical limitations will allow for a fair chance to compete for the same opportunity. This has been at the core of our initiatives.
The Foundation is known for its Annual Hacklab Hackathon which brings together developers, engineers, designers, entrepreneurs, policymakers, development partners and other stakeholders in technology to meet and discuss critical issues impacting the Global South, identify opportunities and develop tech-enabled solutions for emerging economies. With over 800+ developers at one venue, they compete and develop industry-standard solutions to address identified challenges in 36 hours with support from industry professionals and seasoned experts.
To build the largest community of IT professionals’ workforce in Africa by 2030 through Hacklab Connect
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